Posted by Emily Hart on 2011-04-14

Geri Beers, professor in Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, attended the "Simulation in Health Care: Where No One Has Gone Before" conference March 22-25 in Orlando, Fla. The conference was sponsored by Drexel University.

Beers did a presentation on a study she conducted with Vicki Rochester, Samford assistant professor of nursing. Their study tried to determine if the use of simulation had any effect on test scores for the nursing students in their class. Beer teaches Adult Health Nursing course, and Rochester teaches the Nursing Care of Childbearing Families course.

"It was one of the best conferences I have attended about simulation,” said Beers.

This spring marks the fourth semester that Samford’s nursing program has had patient simulators. “Dean [Nena] Sanders did a great job of educating the faculty through speakers and conferences about effectively using simulators before and after we starting using them, but it has been a steep learning curve,” said Beers.

Beers has taught at Samford since 1991.




Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.